Effective Nov. 2, Worthington, Minn.-based Bedford Industries has earned its British Retail Consortium (BRC) food safety certification.
Bedford, a manufacturer and distributor of twist ties and other packaging components for fresh produce and other markets, received the designation after an audit by the British Retail Consortium’s certifying body, according to a news release. The release said the audit included reviews of Bedford’s machinery, materials’ sourcing, procedures, employee practices, storage, cleaning and transportation.
“Achieving BRC certification is another level of commitment to demonstrate to our customers that we place quality and food safety as our highest priorities,” Jay Milbrandt, president of Bedford Industries, said in the release. “We’re excited to receive this designation and especially appreciate each of our more than 400 employees who have made a collective commitment to quality and best practices. We’re delighted to bring this level of confidence for our customers.
The designation of BRC certification, according to the release, shows that Bedford meets internationally recognized food safety standards as established by the Global Food Safety Initiative’s benchmarking committee. Bedford also has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification, and has participated in sustainable practices such as participation in Operation Clean Sweep/Blue, according to the release.